Calysta plans to expand into food business with new appointment

Herman Sloot

Sloot will begin his tenure as Vice President of Business Development in September 2022

Calysta, producer of FeedKind protein, has announced that Herman Sloot will join its team as Vice President of Business Development. Sloot comes to the company after spending the past eight years with collagen protein giant Gelita, where he was most recently the global vice president of fats, proteins and minerals. Based in Germany, Sloot will primarily focus on the European market, where Calysta’s proteins are approved for use in pet food.

He said: “I’m excited for the challenge, I want to do something that makes a real difference – and Calysta is a real game-changer. It has technology that addresses one of the biggest challenges in food production; how to feed the world? This has been such a big question for the industry for years.

“We can’t all become vegetarians – there’s not enough land. We can’t keep flattening rainforests for soybeans. We can’t all eat meat. We need additional options. Calysta’s technology is part of the answer to that and it’s extremely exciting to be part of that story.

Calysta is the world’s largest alternative protein company and the first of its kind to build an industrial-scale production facility. The company is developing a family of natural, sustainable and traceable feed ingredients for the aquaculture sector, with plans to expand into the food and feed industry. Calysta produces its FeedKind protein by fermenting low-cost, landless carbon sources with natural bacteria. Its fermentation technology produces proteins without using arable land, very little water and no animal or vegetable matter.

Calysta is currently putting the finishing touches on the JV Calysseo it is building in China with its 50/50 partner Adisseo. Commissioned at the end of the year, the first phase will produce 20,000 tonnes of protein per year.

Welcoming Sloot to Calysta, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Alan Shaw said, “Herman is a truly important addition to the Calysta global team. With Calysseo, we are addressing the aquaculture opportunity at scale, but our technology can meet multiple needs in the food supply chain. The recruitment of Herman is part of our strategy to develop our offer first in the pet food market, then also in human food.

“Our technology allows us to produce a sustainable protein with no impact on biodiversity. Importantly, it is also non-GMO and unaffected by many of the issues faced by other proteins in the food space, such as seasonal production challenges or impurities in the final product.

“Herman will help us explore how these unique attributes can benefit these markets and we are delighted to welcome him to Calysta.”

Herman Sloot, who also worked at Dupont Nutrition and Health (formerly Danisco) for 10 years, officially takes up his new role on September 1.

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